24 July 2010

After - Vintage Cosco High Chair

Remember this awful before picture of the lovely vintage Cosco high chair?  Peeling paint, rust, burn mark on the seat.  It really needed some love.


Here is the after...


Stripped, sanded, repainted and reupholstered.  I love this Amy Butler fabric!  I added vinyl for easy cleaning.


The only thing to improve this high chair is an adorable little person...


I might need to attach a securing strap...


Like I said before, this is a family heirloom.  My mother and her sisters sat it in, my sisters and I sat in it and now I have it for my children.  I imagine it is sturdy enough for my grandchildren to sit in someday.

Hope you love it as much as I do!

16 comments:

  1. Love your chair! I JUST bought one exactly like it at a garage sale... it could use a little love. it's useable, but i would love to make the metal not rusty! any advice??
    thanks!
    laura

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  2. Fantastic makeover.....and in my favorite color!!! I had this chair for my kids, too! There are 7 of them from 26 to 45. Things made nowadays aren't made to last that long. Great job.

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  3. I am so glad you have one! I love this chair. I hope to find another one so both my twins can have their own vintage throne.

    We had an auto body friend sand blast it for us. I was amazed how well it cleaned everything off.

    I hope it turns out just how you want it!
    ~kersten

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  4. Linda,
    Thanks, I am glad you like the makeover.
    There are seven kids in my family as well but you wouldn't know it by how sturdy this chair still is. It really is unfortunate things aren't made like this anymore.
    ~kersten

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  5. I absolutely love it! You did an amazing job!

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  6. Hi, I happen to have one of this vintage chairs that I picked up from my mom's friend. I took it home because I just thought it looked so cute. I was cleaning out my house and was about to give it away to charity, but then I ran into your blog. I think I just may keep it a lil longer! If I can only convince my husband to let me keep it!! You did a phenomenal job on your chair! God bless!

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  7. Beautiful makeover! I just happened upon your blog and had a question about your fabric. It sounds like you opted for vinyl over fabric. Did you consider laminated cotton? I am trying to refinish our vintage chair and am wondering which to choose. Would love to hear your thoughts! :)

    Caroline

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  8. Hi,

    Caroline again! One more question: How did you pop the back off the seat back? I am having some trouble... Thank you in advance!

    Caroline

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  9. Caroline,
    If I were to do it again I would definitely use laminated cotton. I think it would have looked better up close, plus it probably would have been less of a pain to assemble.

    As for the seat back, I unscrewed from the back and pulled the front off. The back of the seat back was left in place attached to the seat. At which point it was sanded and then painted. Getting the back and front apart from each other was a little difficult. There is some pretty stout tape in between that had deteriorated a bit and was extra sticky. It might be a little gross in there so be careful. :)

    Something else I would have done differently, I would not have painted the chrome a different color. My chair was pretty beat up and needed to be sanded but I wish I would have just put a clear coat on it because the brushed crome was pretty cool.

    Hope that helps. Good luck! I absolutely love these chairs and hope to find another one some day that doesn't have the price tag of an antique!

    Kersten

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  10. I am getting ready to take my vintage cosco highchair apart too. What do you use to glue the chair back together with once you reupholstered it? Thanks for any input!!

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  11. where can I find a tray?

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  12. Hi Kersten,

    This is Caroline, who inquired back in May. Thank you so much for your response. I apologize for my tardy one. (I lost track of your blog, then summer happened, and project got put on hold.) I didn't realize there was tape holding everything together. Will have to give it another try. Thanks!

    Cheers,
    Caroline

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  13. Update from Caroline: I decided the seat back didn't need re-covering because it's actually in decent condition--whew! The seat was much easier to deal with. Project is done. Thanks again for your input!

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  14. hello there! I just stumbled across your blog in my research on how to restore a vintage high chair. I have been able to take everything apart but the seat. How did you remove the seat cushion from the metal frame? I am having trouble figuring it out! Thanks in advance!

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    1. Umm, it's been a few years, but I believe there were screws holding the seat to the frame. I do remember there was a bit of prying involved at some point in the project. Just be careful not to bend the seat or frame. :)

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